[LINK] music industry goes after public performance

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Sun Jun 14 08:29:23 EST 2009

Cafe (50 seats): increase from $62 to $10,010.

Get ready for a non-musical environment or possibly replay of radio.

I'll have a little Elvis with that, thanks


Cameron Houston

June 14, 2009

CAFE and restaurant patrons could soon be eating in silence, after a 
proposal by Australia's largest record labels to increase the cost of 
background music by up to 2000 times.

The push to raise the cost of playing recorded music could also make 
gym membership more expensive unless fitness classes use artists 
excluded by Australian copyright laws, including Elvis Presley and Beethoven.

The bid by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, which 
represents more than 750 record companies, follows a decision by the 
Copyright Tribunal to approve an increase of 15 times the music costs 
for the nightclub industry, which was recently endorsed by the 
Federal Court of Australia.


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